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ELLERBE — A busy weekend is ahead at the Ellerbe Lions Club lawnmower-racing track.


Tossing for Taylor, a benefit cornhole tournamnent in honor of Taylor Crouch, is planned for Friday. All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.


Registration and practice will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with the tournament starting at 7. The price is $40 per team with a cash prize to be paid to the winner.


The games will be held on the lawnmower track under the lights with live music and food vendors on-site.


Players are permitted to bring their own cornhole boards for the tournament. At the end of the games, a raffle will take place for a custom set of cornhole boards.


Lawnmower racing begins on Saturday as gates open at 8 a.m., although registration won’t begin until 1 p.m. and will run until 2:45. Heat races start at 5 p.m. with features at 7:15. Intermission —which will feature a power-wheel race and other kids’ activities — is planned for 6:30 p.m.


Gates for the race open again at 8 a.m. on Sunday and a checkered-flag church service in the infield for anyone who wishes to attend is scheduled at 9. Registration will take place from 11 to noon with heat races starting at 2:30 p.m. and features at 4:30.


A live band will perform after all the races are complete.


Food vendors and parts vendors on site as well as Design Tech Imaging for anyone wanting custom decals made. There will also be a bounce house for the kids.


These events are sponsored by the United States Lawnmower Racing Association and the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority.


Organizers said other sponsors include E. E. Vuncannon’s, Carolina Farm Credit, Sports Cycles, Monroe’s Small Engines, Hough’s Welding, Witherspoon Heating and Air, Napa Auto Parts, Moss Brothers, Brian Jenkins, Berry Patch, Village Pawn, Piedmont Lift Truck Service, Pankey Hauling, Carlton’s Small Engines, Murphy Electric, Long’s Pools, Martin’s Heating and Air, Pearson Truck Service, Quality Oil, Flowers for You, Red Baron Transport, Jenkins Automotive, Griffin Chrysler and Jesse McQueen.

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